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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

visigoth Re:50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

Yeah, too bad, that. I bailed from Sprint's awful service and even worse smarmy lame customer service to T-Mobile, and now I tremble in fear that the one reasonable nationwide carrier may be swallowed and I'll get to choose between 3 flavors of scumbags. I love consumer choice!

I really really hope this acquisition is blocked, just as the attempt by AT&T was blocked a couple years ago.

about 3 months ago
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What's Causing the Rise In Obesity? Everything.

visigoth Re:Processed food is NOT the same (926 comments)

Yep. Also, because it's so heavily "processed", much of its nutritional value (vitamins, minerals, other trace nutrients we may not even know about yet) are destroyed, and when manufacturers even care to correct this they "fortify" the end product to try to replace the missing/destroyed nutrients, resulting in a completely different composition than the original raw food materials had, further contributing to the mess, and probably contributing to 'binge eating' in many cases as the body craves something that is missing from the processed foods being consumed, triggering further consumption.

1 year,27 days
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Apple Kicks HDD Marketing Debate Into High Gear

visigoth Re:Its been done for years already (711 comments)

Meh, since the fundamental file block size is based on 1K == 1024 bytes, all multiples should use the same consistent multiplier, so that 1M == 1024^2, 1G == 1024^3 and so on. Anything else is, well, inconsistent and illogical.

Or are we now going to change disk formats so that the fundamental block sizes are multiples of 1000? That'd be way efficient... there are programmatic (and hardware) reasons why disk blocks have sizes that are multiples of 2, not 10.

about 5 years ago
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Remote Kill Flags Surface In Kindle

visigoth Re:First post flag! (630 comments)

Unfortunately they won't go out of business over stuff like this. Most consumers don't care about consequences of their purchasing choices, the reasons for which are numerous -- too dumb, busy, or simply apathetic. "The customer is (almost) always right" only applies if the available customer pool is small enough for that to matter; once a market grows beyond a certain size, companies only have to make X % of their customers happy, and marginalize or ignore the rest.

I'd love for things to be different, for for a completely DRM-free eBook to be available, but I'm also too cynical to believe this could ever happen.

more than 5 years ago
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Fuel Efficiency and Slow Driving?

visigoth Re:Hemi's with MDS (1114 comments)

I have a '07 Charger R/T with perf. pkg, and am lucky to get 14-15 mpg around town (lots of short trips, stop-n-go doesn't help.)

During a recent long distance trip, first leg I cruised 80mph and noticed MDS didn't kick in much; I got 19 mpg. Later on I kept speed to 70-75 and averaged about 23 mpg the rest of the way. I don't doubt I could get the EPA rated 25mpg if I had the patience to drive 60-65...

more than 5 years ago

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